In 1965, two cousins, Mary Kawena Pukui and Alice Namakelua, focused their talents for composing Hawaiian music, on songs specifically for children.
The resulting Hawaiian language compositions for children were assembled in a memorable album by Hula Records called Na Mele Hawaii No Na Keiki.
Featured vocalists were Nina, Lani, & Lahela, the Rodrigues Sisters.
The Maile Serenaders, a studio group of musicians, backed them up.
Benny Kalama on ukulele, Sonny Kamahele on guitar, Jimmy Kaopuiki on bass, and Eddie Pang on steel guitar.
In this program, 50+ years later, we’ll share this memorable music.
Length: 54:06 Released on: 11-02-2018 Artist/Compiled by: Nina, Lani, & Lahela
Genoa Keawe - 1979 - Aloha Grill
On April 28, 1979, Bob and Nancy Teruya had decided to retire, and thus close their famed downtown venue, the Aloha Bar & Grill.
It was just 2 months before Territorial Airwaves signed on the air.
The couple had been presenting Hawaiian music off and on since 1951.
Since 1974, their resident weekend regular entertainer was Genoa Keawe & her Hawaiians.
For closing night, a live recording was made for GK Records, Genoa’s label.
Genoa Keawe played ukulele, Pua Rogers played guitar, Violet Pahu Lilikoi played bass, and Herbert Hanawahine, Jr. played steel guitar.
There were numerous special guests.
In this program, 40 years later, we’ll share this memorable music.
Length: 54:54 Released on: 10-26-2018 Artist/Compiled by: Genoa Keawe and her Hawaiians
Aloha Pumehana Serenaders - 1976
In 1976, Ku’ulei Clark was offered the opportunity to present a record of hula standards.
She approached her friend Muriel Lupenui’s son, Darrel Lupenui, to make the recording.
The group was supposed to consist of Darrel Lupenui, with Kekua Fernandes and Kelii Joy.
When that didn’t work out, Darrel approached Lanakila Manini and Ainsley Halemanu.
Wendell Silva rounded out the group.
The resulting album, “Hula Gems”, was recorded in one take at Sounds of Hawaii studios on Young Street, produced by Bill Murata.
In this program, more than 40 years later, we’ll share this memorable music.
Length: 53:23 Released on: 10-19-2018 Artist/Compiled by: Aloha Pumehana Serenaders
Charles K L Davis - 1981
Charles Keonaohalaulani Llewellyn Davis was born on September 17, 1925, and we lost him at the age of 66 on October 31, 1991.
Charles began playing piano at the age of 2.
He later studied at Julliard School of Music.
Then he performed in Waikiki and the mainland US for a lengthy career in music and entertainment.
Today, we’ll hear music from his 1981 release, “Charlie Sings Kolohe”, his 1978 release, “Remember I Gave My Aloha”, and his 1976 release, “Songs of Hawaiian Royalty”.
His final 3 recordings.
This week's playlist:
1- Ku’u Pua Paoakalani – Charles K L Davis w/ Kawaiahao Choir
2- He Ono – Charles K L Davis
3- Red Opu – Charles K L Davis
4- Aloha No Au I Ko Maka – Charles K L Davis w/ Choir
5- Aloha Noooooo Waikiki – Charles K L Davis
6- On A Coconut Island – Charles K L Davis w/ Nina Kealiiwahamana
7- My Little Grass Shack – Charles K L Davis
8- The Carburetor Song – Charles K L Davis
9- Akahi Hoi/ Koni Au I Ka Wai – Charles K L Davis w/ Choir
10- Lovely Molokai – Charles K L Davis w/ Nina Kealiiwahamana
11- Aloha Oe – Charles K L Davis w/ Kawaiahao Choir
Length: 53:36 Released on: 10-12-2018 Artist/Compiled by: Charles K. L. Davis
Peter Dillingham - 1947
In 1947, Peter Harding Dillingham, an investment banker, and son of Harold Garfield Dillingham, was 26 years old, and moonlighted as an accomplished steel guitarist.
With impressive skills and abundant resources, he was a student of Elmer Lee, and later Jake Keli’ikoa.
Peter decided to purchase a session with the Bell Records Company, and record his performance with Bill Akamuhou and his Nautical Hawaiians, one of the top post-war groups in Hawaii at the time.
The resulting 12 sides were distributed to his family and friends in a limited edition 78rpm pressing.
He re-released another limited edition on CD in 1999, which we debuted on Territorial Airwaves.
Today, 70 years after the initial release and 20 years since the re-release, we’ll share this memorable music with you.
This week's playlist:
1- Kama’aina – Peter Dillingham w/ Nautical Hawaiians
2- Moana Chimes - Peter Dillingham w/ Nautical Hawaiians
3- Na Moku Eha - Peter Dillingham w/ Nautical Hawaiians
4- Pohai Kealoha - Peter Dillingham w/ Nautical Hawaiians
5- When Evening Falls - Peter Dillingham w/ Nautical Hawaiians
6- Palisa - Peter Dillingham w/ Nautical Hawaiians
7- Maui Chimes - Peter Dillingham w/ Nautical Hawaiians
8- Lovely Sapphire of the Tropics – Peter Dillingham
9- White Ginger Blossoms - Peter Dillingham w/ Nautical Hawaiians
10- Haleakala Hula - Peter Dillingham w/ Nautical Hawaiians
11- Maori Brown Eyes - Peter Dillingham w/ Nautical Hawaiians
Length: 54:24 Released on: 10-05-2018 Artist/Compiled by: Bill Akamuhou & Nautical Hawaiians